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August 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Telling a Brands Story with Graphics

Telling a Brands Story with Graphics

In MIT Sloan:  Experiments with graphic presentation of data are making it easier for sales people to see how they’re performing right in the field, according to Joseph D. Bruhin, chief information officer of Constellation Brands


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Cephalopod Anatomy Class

Friday Squid Blogging: Cephalopod Anatomy Class

Beautiful diorama. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Schneier on Security

Mickens on Security

Mickens on Security

James Mickens, for your amusement. A somewhat random sample: My point is that security people need to get their priorities straight. The "threat model" section of a security paper resembles the script for a telenovela that was


From Schneier on Security

The Benefits of Endpoint Encryption

The Benefits of Endpoint Encryption

An unofficial blog post from FTC chief technologist Ashkan Soltani on the virtues of strong end-user device controls....


From insideHPC

Video: Big Data Powers Climate Research at BSC

Video: Big Data Powers Climate Research at BSC

In this video from the Barcelona Supercomputer Center, Big Data is presented as a key challenge for researchers studying global climate change. "Changes in the composition of the atmosphere can affect the habitability of the


From insideHPC

Video: Present and Future Leadership Computers at OLCF

Video: Present and Future Leadership Computers at OLCF

In this video from the 2015 OLCF User Meeting, Buddy Bland from Oak Ridge presents: Present and Future Leadership Computers at OLCF. "As the home of Titan, the fastest supercomputer in the USA, OLCF has a exciting future ahead


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines as Talent

Machines as Talent

(More comments to follow)Machines as Talent   via DeloitteCollaboration, not competitionThe impact of computing on work is not new, but it is accelerating. The increasing power of computers and software to perform cognitive tasks


From insideHPC

GENCI to Collaborate with IBM in Race to Exascale

GENCI to Collaborate with IBM in Race to Exascale

Today GENCI announced a collaboration with IBM aimed at speeding up the path to exascale computing. Created in 2007 by the French government, GENCI with the aim of placing France among the leading countries on the international


From insideHPC

Arithmetic Intensity of Stencil Operations

Arithmetic Intensity of Stencil Operations

Applications that use 3D Finite Difference (3DFD) calculations are numerically intensive and can be optimized quite heavily to take advantage of accelerators that are available in today's systems. The performance of an implementation


From Schneier on Security

German BfV - NSA Cooperation

German BfV - NSA Cooperation

The German newspaper Zeit is reporting the BfV, Germany's national intelligence agency, (probably) illegally traded data about Germans to the NSA in exchange for access to XKeyscore. From Ars Technica: Unlike Germany's foreign


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation Exploitation Lagging

Innovation Exploitation Lagging

Good piece, the situation has been the case for some time. Technology leads, innovation exploitation is lagging .... There is a growing, perhaps even an overwhelming business case, for transforming the innovation management structure


From The Eponymous Pickle

Networks and the Nature of the Firm

Networks and the Nature of the Firm

 Note the use of graph analytics to address this problem, often mentioned here, see the tag below.   Do we need a way to quickly categorize a particular kind of connectedness to understand it?Networks and the Nature of the Firm


From insideHPC

The Price of Open-source Software – a Joint Response

The Price of Open-source Software – a Joint Response

"Ultimately, we must accept that research is best served through using a combination of open-source and proprietary software, through developing new software and through the use of existing software. This approach allows the


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

HLF2015 / John Hopcroft, Diversity, and One of the First Computer Science Courses

HLF2015 / John Hopcroft, Diversity, and One of the First Computer Science Courses

This blog post originates from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Blog. The 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum is dedicated to mathematics and computer sciences, and takes place August 23-28, 2015. Abel, Fields, Turing and Nevanlinna Laureates


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Product Design

Future of Product Design

The Future of Product Design   (Free EBook via Autodesk with registration) How Emerging Technologies Are Disrupting the Product Lifecycle By Jonathan FollettDesign and production considerations change throughout any product's


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Cancellation is a Pain

How to avoid the pain of estimating tough sums Cricketing source Andrew Granville is a number theorist, who has written—besides his own terrific research—some beautiful expository papers, especially on analytic number theory.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Viz Description of Machine Learning

Viz Description of Machine Learning

From R2D3:Very nicely designed scrolling and animated visual of specific machine learning methods.   An introductory, intuitive and clear look, with no need for math.  This appears to be only the first edition of this, there"


From insideHPC

Video: Stunning Simulation Shows Comet in the Solar Wind

Video: Stunning Simulation Shows Comet in the Solar Wind

In what has to be one of the most beautiful simulations I've ever seen, this video from the European Space Agency shows simulated interaction of solar winds with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the famous comet targeted the Rosetta


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serious Games Institute

Serious Games Institute

Revisited the Serious Game Institute.   " ... An International Centre for Excellence in Serious Games Applied Research, Business Engagement and Study .... " .    Been a few years since I have heard from them.      I see their


From insideHPC

ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference to Focus on Business, Technology and Research

ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference to Focus on Business, Technology and Research

Early Bird registration rates are now available for ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference, which takes place Sept. 28-30 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year the event will kick off with one full day of workshops. The new program will


From Schneier on Security

Iranian Phishing

Iranian Phishing

CitizenLab is reporting on Iranian hacking attempts against activists, which include a real-time man-in-the-middle attack against Google's two-factor authentication. This report describes an elaborate phishing campaign against


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Kinds of Questions Can We Answer?

What Kinds of Questions Can We Answer?

What kinds of questions can data science answer?  Fascinating piece by Microsoft Data Scientist. Very fundamental idea.   Good way to present the idea to management. " ... This post, authored by Brandon Rohrer, Senior Data Scientist


From insideHPC

Accelerating Science with SciDB from NERSC

Accelerating Science with SciDB from NERSC

Over at NERSC, Linda Vu writes that the SciDB open source database system is a powerful tool for helping scientists wrangle Big Data. "SciDB is an open source database system designed to store and analyze extremely large array


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The Growing ECEP Alliance

The Growing ECEP Alliance

By: Mark Guzdial The NSF Alliance Expanding Computing Education Pathways has expanded dramatically over the last few months. There are now 11 states in our cohort: Alabama, California, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Seeking Knowledge of Causes

On Seeking Knowledge of Causes

Excellent CSIG talk today on causal Bayesian modeling in healthcare reasoning and elsewhere. Linkedin Group discussion at link here.   Slides and talk will be at the link here.Bud Mishra https://cs.nyu.edu/mishra/ from NYU,  presented 


From insideHPC

Video: NASA Charts Sea Level Rise

Video: NASA Charts Sea Level Rise

"Sea level rise is one of the most visible signatures of our changing climate, and rising seas have profound impacts on our nation, our economy and all of humanity," said Michael Freilich, director of NASA's Earth Science Division


From insideHPC

Rescale Launches Cloud HPC Platform in Europe

Rescale Launches Cloud HPC Platform in Europe

Today Rescale announced availability of its Europe region simulation and HPC platforms. As an HPC cloud provider, Rescale offers a software platform and hardware infrastructure for companies to perform scientific and engineering


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer-Aided Personalized Education Workshop

Computer-Aided Personalized Education Workshop

The CCC Computer-Aided Personalized Education (CAPE) Workshop will be held in Washington, DC on November 12-13th. The demand for education in STEM fields is exploding, and universities and colleges are straining to satisfy this


From The Eponymous Pickle

A CKO Pushing Change

A CKO Pushing Change

Always an interest, how do we promote valuable change and expertise, adapted to local context?How NASA’s Chief Knowledge Officer Drives ChangeBy Carla O'Dell on Aug 20, 2015  .. Posted in Knowledge Management Process and Performance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology Making Social Skills more Important

Technology Making Social Skills more Important

In the HBR:   Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important  by Nicole Torres ... Automation anxiety reached new heights in 2013, when Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, researchers at the Oxford Martin

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